From the blurb;
"THOMAS JAMES WISE (1859 - 1937), collector, bibliographer, and editor, received in his life-time practically every honour the world of books can bestow. Yet he is chiefly remembered today as a forger and a thief. From 1934 to 1957 various enquires implicated him first in the manufacture of more than fifty bogus "pre-first" editions of eminent Victorian authors, then in seven additional forgeries, later in numerous piracies of other nineteenth-century work, and finally in a series of thefts from the British Museum`s copies of forty-one seventeenth-century plays.
These centenary studies review the course of research over the last twenty-five years, designate topics requiring further investigations, and assess new evidence new evidence of Wise`s operations. One more forgery is identified, the provenance of others re-examined, the forger`s method of distributing his wares closely appraised, and his association with H. Buxton Forman and Sir Edmund Gosse more precisely defined. In these several perspectives Wise appears as an even more unscrupulous and an ever more intriguing figure in the history of literary and bibliographical scholarship.
The illustration on the jacket of this book reproduces, through a magnifying glass, the peculiar question mark appearing in certain appearing in certain forgeries printed for Wise by the firm of Richard Clay & Sons. The mark may also implicate Wise in other irregular printings, including the Death of Balder."
Excellent pages with slight edge-wear. Includes dust-jacket in good condition.